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Job at Visa Inc. for Business Development Manager

Visa Incorporated is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks.

Visa Incorporated is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Business Development Manager
Job Number: 163880  
Location: Lagos
Organization: Sales
Job: Sales/Business Development

Job Purpose

  • Business Development specialist with ownership all aspects of designated Client relationships with a focus on business growth and client satisfaction.
  • Manages the setting, direction and implementation of country and business strategies with designated Clients to achieve business targets through growing the existing business and through identifying new business opportunities including the introduction and implementation of new products and services.

Business Development and Relationship Management: 

  • Establish, develop and manage the relationship between Visa and designated Clients’, industry representatives in-country such as Central Banks, Governments, Bankers Association and Media
  • Ensure effective communication of progress to targets both within Visa and with Clients
  • Develop, maintain and cultivate close relationships with decision-makers and senior management of designated clients, partner companies, Central banks and national banking associations.
  • Understand their business strategies, priorities, needs and business processes, present to them strategic ideas and share Visa’s views on industry developments and dynamics and advise them how Visa products can impact their results
  • Represent Visa to the Clients by providing a point of contact to them, with permanent high quality support on the Visa organisation, products, systems and policies.
  • Client consulting relating to operations, IT, marketing and compliance
  • Establish, develop and manage relationships in-country with Vendors, Processors and Domestic Switches
  • Manages Revenue for designated Clients
  • Identify new business development opportunities and take accountability for and manage the project evaluation of these. Focus on achieving business targets through growing existing business and developing new business opportunities.
  • Monitor business results of designated clients and anticipate challenges and take proactive measures to accomplish targets


  • Ensure all Visa departments are fully informed of actions that may affect them, support their objectives and business plans and seek to resolve conflicts which might occur.
  • Actively contribute to the development of the team through sharing of information, coaching and support
  • Establish, maintain and develop good relationships with colleagues, and staff in other regions to ensure that global initiatives and best practice throughout Visa are effectively introduced across the company
  • Complete ad hoc project/research work and other initiatives as directed by management

Strategic Nature, Management Accountability, & Scope:

  • Supports the development of BD Strategy. Ensures the implementation of annual functional sales goals and plans, primarily focused on execution
  • Responsible for relationship management and business development with designation Clients and sectors without direct reports. May lead cross functional teams or projects
  • Directly supports the West Africa Country Manager on the business development of the market

Financial & Organizational Scope: 

  • Operational sales team member & individual contributor. Not responsible for directly managing a budget or cost centre
  • Manages assigned Clients
  • Generates new business and maintains existing Client relationships for mid to large accounts

Decision Making & Complexity:

  • Has impact on West Africa revenue and organisation reputation through management of Client relationships
  • Works independently with guidance in only the more complex situations. Solves complex problems taking a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions
  • Decisions are guided by Visa policies, procedures and business plans.
  • Interprets business issues and recommends best practice

Reporting Relationships & Interactions: 

  • Based in Lagos, Nigeria, this role reports to the West Africa Country Manager, based in the same office
  • Strong interpersonal skills will be required to address on-going needs of a complex, matrix reporting structure, and multinational organisation
  • Multicultural sensitivity and interpersonal relationship management skills are essential including the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • This position will involve frequent interaction with key Visa stakeholders, including the financial institutions, processors, the Central Bank, acquirers, merchants, etc
  • This individual is expected to interact effectively with all levels of Visa management and staff
  • Strong collaboration skills and team work with the SSA hub office for Marketing, Products, Acceptance and other functional work.


  • Possesses specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise in business development, primarily focused on execution
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field, with typically at least 5 years professional experience in retail banking / financial services / payments sector
  • Experience in the West Africa region


  • Advanced knowledge and demonstrated mastery of core BD skills & competencies via practical experience of a difficult nature
  • Fluent business English both written & spoken
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Creation & delivery of professional briefs and presentations
  • Proven Relationship Management skills
  • Proven Sales, Negotiation & Influencing skills
  • Time management, multitasking skills


  • Business / commercial acumen
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Self-directed & motivated
  • Team player, can-do attitude
  • Analytical skills, strong problem solver, creative trouble shooter
  • Experience working in cross functional team, matrix experience preferred
  • Previous experience in a multinational financial company preferred, with a strong compliance culture

How to Apply

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